City of Tshwane gets tough on smokers

The City of Tshwane is introducing a revised smoking policy, banning designated smoking areas within municipal buildings.

The MMC for Health and Social Development, Sakkie Du Plooy, says the city is concerned about the health of its citizens.

If you look at the figures of people who die from smoking and alcohol its actually worse than drugs.

Sakkie Du Plooy, MMC for Health and Social Development 

The revised policy means that smokers may not do so within five meters of doorways, windows and buildings through which tobacco smoke may readily enter.

Those caught flouting smoking laws face being hit with fines of up to R1000.

Although the policy has been in effect since 2012, the city says it's now committed to making sure it is fully implemented and enforced.

Du Plooy says with the help of environmental health workers they will warn, apply the law and police it.

We have to look at what is affecting our people. We are concerned about our people's health.

Sakkie Du Plooy, MMC for Health and Social Development 

Smokers will also be required to dispose of their cigarette butts in appropriate containers.

Listen to how the city is planning to help smokers who want to quit.


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